TORONTO — Ontario is looking for input on the development of a provincial strategy to support the economic empowerment of women.
The provincial government is releasing an engagement paper and an online survey to gather ideas from communities across the province. The feedback will be used to develop a Women's Economic Empowerment Strategy, which will be launched in fall 2017.
Women and girls in Ontario are disproportionately affected by poverty, discrimination, violence and their work is often undervalued.
According to a release, the Women's Economic Empowerment strategy aims to ensure women and girls have equal access to opportunities in education and skills development, entrepreneurship and employment as well as working and learning environments that are free from barriers and discrimination.
People across the province will have until Aug. 15 to provide their feedback on the engagement paper and respond to the survey.
"The Women's Economic Empowerment Strategy is an important next step in improving social and economic equality for women and girls in Ontario," said Indira Naidoo-Harris, minister of the Status of Women. "I encourage people across the province to get involved and share their ideas and feedback on our proposed vision and framework for achieving real gender equality in the province."